Greenwich Village, New York City
Wow - I can't think of any one single thing! I guess an interesting idea would be a long walk along Fifth Avenue - from the ritzy upper end, with all those glamourous stores and hotels, down to the end of Fifth Ave. at Washington Square Park - once a bohemian paradise. (of sorts)... It's one way to see a wide variety of New York City-type stuff, just by walking from one end of the Avenue to the other... I really don't have any "tips", though,...
Fondest memory: Well - I used to sing in Washington Square Park with my friends, guitar case open, hoping people would toss in some change (or bills..) if they liked the music. I had some great times with my musician friends, we truly lived "La Vie Boheme"... *sigh*
(Sorry about the Taj Mahal pic over there - I don't have an available photo yet, LOL)
Favorite thing: Walk around the small streets of the West Village on Sunday afternoon and stop in for a beer at Chumley's -- a popular former 'speakeasy' during Prohibition days. See also 'Restaurants' for more information.
Another of the many things to do in NYC is to visit the neighborhoods of Lower Manhattan; they are huddled so closely together that you can walk them in an hour, but you won't want to. You will want to take your time and savor the delicacies, breathe in the aromas, revel in the rich colors and delight in the bargains.
Sixth Avenue and Christopher and Bleecker streets have, within walking distance, a plethora of quaint shops that sell records, old books, offbeat clothing, ephemera and works by classic and contemporary artists.
Visitors to the area will want to see Washington Square, with Greek Revival houses that are among the nation's finest. A tour of the Cast-Iron Historic District will impress admirers of unique architecture. The invention of the elevator -- the device that made it practical to construct today's modern towers -- inspired the first skyscrapers in this neighborhood, buildings that stood high above the two-story Greenwich Village homes.
In addition to its architectural allure, SoHo also offers great shopping, art galleries and fine restaurants. Shoppers throughout New York City travel to Broadway south of Spring Street for Dean and DeLuca's, world famous epicurean center famous for its jams, teas and pastries.
Pay close attention to Little Italy, located (with SoHo) directly to the south of Greenwich Village. Once distinguishable for its residents of Italian heritage, today it embraces a multitude of ethnic backgrounds.
To walk from Little Italy to Chinatown -- home of one of New York City's fastest growing ethnic communities -- simply cross Canal Street. For the true flavor of Chinatown, stroll up Mott, Pell and Bayard Streets. This is the center of New York's Chinese community, with bustling streets presided over by Buddhist temples. For more info on NYC go to www.iloveny.com
Visit Greenwich Village at night! Do not go there at 9am - you will see nothing, but me and a bunch of other sleepy heads holding on to their coffee and trying to get to work as fast as possible. Not a pretty sight! But come to the coffee shops, million of restaurants, and the funky jazz and rock clubs after 10pm on the weekend and you will see what I mean.
More tips to come!
Fondest memory: The diversity of people! I have never seen such a motly crew anywhere else in the world! Enjoy it for all it is worth!
Before I go any further, let me say that this is not cheap, but it is a definite must. For US$100 each you can take a ride in a helicopter from the South St heliport and get the ride of your life. It gives a completely different perspective of New York, and the views of the Statue of Liberty have to be seen to be believed.
Fondest memory: If I had to choose something other than the helicopter ride, it would have to be the restaurant scene in Greenwich Village. Our favorite was Pennyfeathers Cafe on 7th Avenue - we liked it so much, we went back twice in a week. Great staff and a club sandwich to die for!
Favorite thing: This was the scene in Washington Square park . So many flowers, so many candles, so many lives. There were sheets surrounding the arch at the park where everyone could write down their thoughts and feelings. There were so many heartwrenching letters and stories all people should have witnessed it to feel the real impact. Seeing something on TV or hearing about how tragic it was and how many lives were lost cannot be fully felt sometimes until you can identify with the people and emotions of those suffering,
I am one of those New Yorkers who hates to go above 23rd. Street. That said, my favorite neighborhoods are:
the Lower East Side (LES)
East Village (EV)/Alphabet City (rarely called that anymore)
NYC is a place where you can basically do anything you want. I don't know what to tell you here, but keep your eyes wide open and you will see amazing things. You will find relicts from the past, from the days before dot.com, from the days before Rock'n Roll and from the days before motor vehicles. It's the little things that I most appreciate and love about the city. Things like former horse stables in the middle of Greenwich Village, marks and remainders of old buildings, closed up subways station like the former 18th street station on Park Avenue South that became unnecessary after the renovation and expansion of the 14th Street station in 1958. You will find such things everywhere if you keep your eyes open walking through the city. A cab ride is surely an adventure for a visitor, but you will not see a thing by doing so. Walk the city from Battery Park to Woodlawn, from Hells kitchen to Cambria Heights and from Whitestone to Rockaway Park. All right that might be a long walk, but I guess you ge
Fondest memory: What I miss the most when I am away from New York is the speed of the city. Even when you are chilling out you are busy in New York. Love it or hate it, I love it and that's good so.
Jazz Performance at the Blue Note (Village)
Fondest memory: NYC is the hub of Jazz music. One of the most popular jazz clubs is the Blue Note, located in the heart of Greenwich Village. If you are a big fan of jazz music, make sure you visit this place for the best jazz music in town.
Blue Note New York
131 West 3rd Street
New York, NY 10012
(between 6th Avenue (Avenue Of The Americas) and McDougal street)
Greenwich - Washington Square
The Washington Square neighborhood surrounds Washington Square Park and spreads down toward Houston Street. This section is the heart of Greenwich Village, known for its cafés, nightlife and diverse community. Take time to view the elegant townhouses that overlook the park. Browse through the boutiques and jewelry shops along the narrow treelined streets. Stop in a chess shop on MacDougal or watch a game in the park, where there is always some form of entertainment. There is an eclectic mix of restaurants and music spots to relax and enjoy.
Walk as much as possible. Don't be afraid to turn down side streets, especially in Greenwich Village and the Lower East Side/Chinatown. Learn the grid for Mid-Manhattan -- avenues take you up (North) and down (South) Manhattan; streets East to West. The higher the number of the street the further uptown you are. The higher the number of the avenue, the further West you are. Broadway cut a diagonal across the island.
Across the East River at least once in your trip. Don't be afraid to ride the subways.
Fondest memory: is during the summer or when the weather is absolutely gorgeous! Street performers are everywhere to entertain you. In early spring and summer, go to Washington Square (at New York Univesity campus). Entertainers turn this park into a big stage. This picture is in battery park where you line up for the Liberty Island ferry.
Visit 'The Village'. Plenty of restaurants and cafe's.
Don't miss 'Little Italy' for fantastic dining. Walk around and visit the little shops (especially the pastry shops!), sit at the outdoor cafe's while having a nice cappucino and pastry and people watch.
BEWARE of gypsy cabs...take yellow cabs only!
If you like meeting new and interesting people, you've gotta go to The Village around NYU. Washington Park is a great place to just sit and relax and watch people. In the summer, they have 'comedians' doing shows for money in the middle of the park and on the outskirts of their shows, there are people playing guitars, old Sony disk players (EARLY 20th century ones), and there's even a place where people play chess in the park. A great place to just relax.
Fondest memory: Favorite memory of NYC is going to a Brian Swetzer Orchestra (swing) concert in Central Park in the summertime with my friend. She and I originally couldn't get in because the ticket prices were a little too pricey so we sat outside and danced just outside of the concert until some of the sellers came up to us and handed us free tickets because the concert had started. We got to go in and swing dance to great live music.
The statue is set up to the memory of Fiorello Laguardia, mayor of New York from 1934 to 1945.
Fondest memory: It is located Laguardia Plaza, near Washington Square.